Summer light

Please look at the picture full size against a grey background.

It’s easy to think that interesting pictures need to be accompanied by an air ticket to somewhere far away from where you live and a bag full of expensive equipment.

Two wise sayings come to mind – a) the best place to take pictures is where you are and b) the best camera to use is the one you have with you. This series of 200 pictures were taken in my kitchen with a Panasonic G2 with the standard plastic kit lens.

The emphasis here is on the visual journey that started the day before. When the situation allows it I tend to work through an idea until I can’t think of a different way to express the subject. Part of the journey was waiting for the sun to move and create different shadows. The picture is very two dimensional with little or no apparent depth.

For this series of pictures I was interested in the reflections of the half full wine bottle reflected on the kitchen work surface and the texture and shadows made by angled sun light. You will agree a very ordinary scenario that requires a bit thought and patience. Occasionally the sun shines in good old Blighy which was key to for this set of pictures.

Left is the first picture I took on the previous day which is straight on, a very matter of fact type of shot in a 4:3 crop ratio straight out of the camera.

The feature picture above is a 1:1 crop ratio straight out of the camera.

If your camera has the ability to provide different aspect ratios why not think about trying different one. The Panasonic has the following aspect ratios 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 and 1:1. I was reading somewhere the other day that the 4:3 ratio seems to be the perfect combination of width and height.

Do you have a preferred aspect or crop ratio? Why not leave a comment and say why you like it.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012


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